The Assam unit of a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated Muslim organisation has backed the Himanta Biswa Sarma-led government’s decision to repeal the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act of 1935.

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch said doing away with the Act would help end the issue of child marriage in the State.

“By repealing the legislation, the government can rescue Muslim boys and girls from a dangerous situation,” Alkas Hussain, the convenor of the organisation’s Assam unit told presspersons on Sunday.

Lauding the Chief Minister’s recent statement that the government will “shut the shop” where marriages of girls aged 5-6 years in Assam, he slammed a section of Muslim MLAs for their brand of politics that leaves little scope for caring for Muslim children.

The minority-based All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) in Assam and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen have been critical of the BJP government’s decision on the Act.

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